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The temptation to simply post the video as a diary and drop the mic was pretty strong, but I felt it necessary to say a word about the title.

I am deeply aware of the terrible history of the purposefully dehumanizing experience that is the reservation system forced on this continent's original inhabitants, so much so that, when the idea for this piece first came to me nearly 20 years ago, I backed away, fearing to offend.

In the intervening years, however, my original thought, that our whole society has become just such a hope-stealing system, a sort of reservation metastasized, has only become stronger.

I'm sorry if I have offended by my employment of the analogy. I can only say in my own defense that the parallel seems more apt than ever.

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